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 Ferris State University Athletics will be pairing up with the FSU Sports Careers Registered Student Organization (RSO) for the fourth annual "Red Out" event on Saturday, Feb. 24, inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex.

 

The month of February is Women's Heart Health month and the "Red Out Wink & The Rink" event is a way that FSU Athletics and Sports Careers RSO gives back to the community and those who have been affected by heart health in their life or someone in their families.

 

Nearly everyone you come in contact with has had someone in their family or a friend affected with a heart condition at some given point in time; therefore this event provides awareness to the spectators at the sporting events that this is an important issue that needs to be taken serious.

 

The event raises awareness and money for Women's Heart Health and Spectrum Health's Cardiac Unit in Big Rapids.

 

"I like to be part of an RSO that makes sure to give back to the local community for our philanthropy events and we are able to meet the people we are impacting with the funds raised," said senior Vice President of Sports Careers RSO Scott Vandersloot.

 

The event on Feb. 24 spans over the course of the entire day of Ferris State Athletic events. Ferris State men's basketball begins at 1 p.m., followed by women's basketball at 3 p.m., and concluding with men's ice hockey at 7:07 p.m. It will also be Senior Day for all three teams.

 

The first event will feature the nationally-third ranked Ferris State men's basketball team, which is currently 27-1 on the season and has already clinched the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular Season Championship, as they take on their archrivals in the Grand Valley State Lakers.

The FSU women's basketball team will be up next during the Red Out at 3 p.m. as they host Grand Valley State in a huge game for GLIAC Tournament seeding. The team is currently 13-13 overall on the season.

The event places an emphasis on if you are healthy enough to participate in sport. All over the world there are people that are unable to join a team or simply play a game they love, due to their heart condition.

"To me, Red Out represents an opportunity to try and make a difference in other people's lives," said senior President of Sports Careers RSO Sean Williams. "I enjoy it because it about something more than any one person and is an opportunity to come together as a community."

 

The final event of the night will be the Ferris State University hockey team facing off against the Lake Superior State Lakers at 7:07 p.m. This contest is a fight for the final spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Tournament. 

 

All the teams for Ferris State will be wearing their home crimson red jerseys and all fans are asked to wear red for the games.

 

This year, the students of the Ferris State nursing program will be in attendance during the men's and women's basketball games. This gesture will be part of their good works and service hours to the community to take the blood pressure of spectators and fans in attendance for the game to see if their heart is healthy enough for sport.

 

Dr. Sandy Alspach, who is the adviser of the event, uses her Communication 389 & 489 classes to also pair up to help promote and work the operations of the events to ensure a day filled with excitement in the Big Rapids and Ferris State Athletics community. 

 

Local businesses in the Mecosta County area help support Sports Careers RSO for this event by donating goods and services to be included in the silent auction at the event.

 

This year, some of the silent auction items include a signed basketball by the 27-1, nationally-third ranked Ferris State men's basketball team, a signed volleyball by the four-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Champion Ferris State women's volleyball team, a signed football from the 2017 National Quarterfinalist Ferris State football team, and many more.

 

Ferris State will also be raffling off a television donated by Northland Flats Apartments.

 

The event is one of the RSO's three philanthropy events this semester. The other two events include the Area 5 Special Olympics Basketball game and the Area 5 Special Olympians Poly Hockey game coming up later this year.

 

The "Red Out" event will get underway Saturday as the men's basketball team takes on archrival Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. inside Jim Wink Arena.

 

Come out and be apart of an event that will change lives. Fans are asked to wear red.

For ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

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A Stanwood woman is recovering after receiving minor injuries following a car accident in Mecosta County's Big Rapids Township.

 

It happened Wednesday afternoon on Northland Drive just north of 12 Mile Rd.

 

Deputies say a southbound vehicle, driven by a 28-year-old Stanwood woman, stopped for a car turning and was rear-ended by another southbound car, driven by a 22-year-old Big Rapids man.

 

The Stanwood woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor, non-life-threatening injuries. 

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An argument about overdue rent between a man and woman escalated from text messages to a gunshot fired in a backyard east of Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says when deputies arrived they determined that a neighbor had fired off a shot gun in the back yard of a woman's  residence and no one was struck. As the investigation continued deputies learned that the 36-year old man who fired the shot gun was the landlord to the caller.

 

After several text messages, the man allegedly came into the back yard of the rental property and fired off a round from a shotgun.

 

The man then returned home.

 

When police arrived to his residence he refused to have any contact with law enforcement. Eventually deputies and a Michigan State Trooper were able to make contact and take him into custody.

 

Two shot guns were seized from his residence.

 

The man was arrested on weapons charges and felon in possession of a firearm

 

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Weather has forced a change to the season-opening slate this weekend for the Ferris State University softball squad.

 

The Bulldogs were slated to take part in the Midwest Regional Crossover hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville over the weekend, but the event has been called off due to field and weather conditions.

 

With the cancelation, FSU will now instead travel to Westfield, Ind., to compete in regional action hosted by the University of Indianapolis on Sunday and Monday (Feb. 25-26) at Grand Park.

 

The Bulldogs will open the slate, weather permitting, on Sunday (Feb. 25) versus Bellarmine (Ky.) at 2:15 p.m. (ET). FSU will then face host Indianapolis in afternoon action at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

Ferris State will wrap up the slate on Monday (Feb. 26) by facing Indianapolis for the second time at 1 p.m. (ET)before closing the event against Southern Indiana at 3 p.m. (ET).

 

Ferris State will embark on a new era under first-year head coach Kristin Janes this spring. Janes begins her first campaign at the FSU helm and takes over a Bulldog program that has made eight trips to the NCAA Tournament in school history and won 24 games or more 11 times in the past 14 years.

 

The Bulldogs return 17 squad members from last season's team that reached the GLIAC Tournament for the second consecutive year and have added 12 newcomers, giving the program one of its largest rosters in recent memory.

 

Ferris State welcomes back a trio of All-GLIAC honorees from a year ago in first baseman Sarah Meredith(Rogers City) along with standout pitcher Sam Bates (Springport) and infielder Lexi Hongisto (Gladstone). In addition, senior outfielder Emily Smith (Rochester Hills/Rochester) and senior catcher Emily Reed (Bay City/John Glenn) have both also previously claimed all-conference recognition in their FSU careers.

 

The Bulldogs, who have finished in the top half of the GLIAC standings each of the previous two seasons, will venture to Florida for their annual spring trip at The Spring Games in early March following this weekend's action.

 

FSU is slated to open league play on March 21 at rival Grand Valley State with the first home action at the FSU Softball Field scheduled for Friday, March 30, against the Northwood Timberwolves in Big Rapids.

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The Mecosta Co. Road Commission has implemented weight restrictions on all county roads until further notice.

 

The restrictions affect all semi-trucks and some farming equipment.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Road Commission Superintendent Tim Nestle 231-796-2611 

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The nationally third-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad, which has a nation-leading 25 wins to date and is riding a 13-game win streak, has been chosen as this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II National "Team Of The Week".

The Bulldogs improved to 25-1 overall and 15-1 in the GLIAC with a road sweep in Ohio last week to earn the distinction for the firs time.

In last week's action, the Bulldogs picked up a convincing 80-55 win at Tiffin on Thursday, then on Saturday rallied from a late 10-point deficit to beat Ashland 97-91 in overtime. Ferris State sent Saturday's contest into the extra period on a buzzer-beater from midcourt by senior guard Peter Firlik.

Currently, the Bulldogs ranked third in the NABC Division II National Coaches Poll and have also been the #2 team in the Division II Sports Information Directors (D2SIDA) National Rankings the last two weeks. FSU is also first in the MLive Grand Rapids Press Statewide Power Poll.

The Bulldogs can secure a second consecutive GLIAC Regular-Season Championship with a win on the road this week. FSU currently holds a three-game lead over second place Lake Superior State with four games remaining in the regular-season.

This week, the Bulldogs visit Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 15) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league game in Houghton before facing Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 17) starting at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette.

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The nationally third-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad is tabbed as the #1 team in the region this week in the initial NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings, which were announced today (Feb. 15).

The Bulldogs, who own a three-game lead atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) standings and can clinch at least a share of the overall league crown with one more victory this year, are the highest-ranked school in the first regional listing.

Behind FSU in the top five overall is former league foe and current Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) leader Findlay at number two with Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) power and defending regional champion Bellarmine (Ky.) listed third. Another GLIAC school, Lake Superior State, is fourth with Southern Indiana from the GLVC fifth.

The bottom half of the regional listing includes Hillsdale (#6), Drury (#7), Malone (#8), Walsh (#9) and Indianapolis (#10).

The top eight teams at the end of the season will earn berths into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional set for March 10-13 at a campus site to be determined. The winner of all three conference tournaments (GLIAC, GLVC, G-MAC) will earn an automatic bid with the number one team in the region likely to host the Midwest Regional Tournament in March.

Ferris State has made 12 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, including each of the past three seasons to date. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship Game and the Sweet Sixteen of the national tournament two years ago before making another regional semifinal appearance last campaign.

Along with the regional listing, Ferris State is also #3 this week in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) D2 Rankings. It marks the fourth-straight season in which FSU has been ranked in the top 25 at least once. FSU is also second in the D2SIDA National Rankings and leads the MLive Statewide Power Poll featuring the top small college programs in the state.

Presently, the Bulldogs own a 25-1 overall record to date this year and are 15-1 in the GLIAC. FSU holds a three-game lead over Lake Superior State in the standings with four games remaining in the regular season.

This week, Ferris State visits Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 15) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league game in Houghton before taking on Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 17) beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette.

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An investigation is underway into two west Michigan educators over sexual abuse allegations that are decades old.

 

Fremont High School assistant principal Jeff Moon has been placed on administrative leave over allegations that he had inappropriate contact with students in the early 90's at Fremont High School.

 

Investigators say the investigation is connected to another teacher John Veldt, who works in Jenison.

 

He's also been placed on administrative leave.

 

The allegations came from women who are now in their 40's. 

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Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders have agreed to raise the personal income tax exemption to $4,900.

 

The legislation will assure Michigan income taxpayers can claim a personal exemption for themselves and dependents.

 

The $4,900 exemption is higher than the governor originally proposed and in the middle of the House and Senate proposals.

 

Also, an agreement has been reached to forgive outstanding driver responsibility fees affecting some 300,000 drivers. 

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A Reed City area man is behind bars awaiting arraignment after threatening hospital workers.

 

State Police say they were called to Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, where the 41-year old suspect reportedly exposed himself to staff before taking off his IV and medical equipment.

 

When the emergency room doctor contacted him, troopers say the man then pulled out a pocket knife, brandishing it in a threatening manner at the doctor and two other staff members. The suspect then ran from the hospital, and tried running away from troopers before he was cornered on the west shoulder of 220th Avenue.

 

Troopers believe the suspect was under the influence of methamphetamine when the incident happened.

 

The Reed City area man is currently in Osceola County Jail on felonious assault charges.

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Last season Demetri Martin ended his Big Rapids Cardinal career with his head held high.

 

Leading the team in scoring since his sophomore year, the now Northwood Timberwolf left nothing on the court. He lead his team to the district final his sophomore season, the Breslin his junior year, and the districts his senior year. There wasn't much Demetri couldn't do for Coach Kent Ingles and the Cardinals.

 

Now Demetri gets to continue his playing career and education at Northwood University. There's no question he's earned a roster spot, but that's clearly not good enough for the college freshman. Demetri's making a serious case to start in his rookie season with Northwood. And he showcased it last Thursday with an 8pt, 6rd effort. However the Timberwolves couldn't keep pace with lightening fast 3rd ranked Bulldogs who piled on a 12pt win 88-60 including a 51-25 margin in the 2nd half alone.


Demetri Martin and the young Timberwolves are currently 3rd in the GLIAC South with 5 games to go in the regular season.

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A Lakeview man has been charged with crimes connected to a theft last month at Menards in Big Rapids Township.

 

42-year old Daniel Michael Cross has been charged with one count of first-degree retail fraud.

 

The charge stems from a theft on January 21st,  when its alleged that Cross took items valued at $1,000 or more from Menards.

 

Cross faces up to five years in jail, if convicted. 

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Two Lakeview residents are recovering following a car accident in Mecosta County Wednesday.

 

It happened on 5mile rd near 125th ave in Deerfield twp.

 

Deputies say the driver, a 43-year old Lakeview woman was traveling westbound on 5 mile when she lost control, left the road, striking a tree.

 

She sustained minor injuries.

 

Her passenger, A 66-year old Lakeview woman sustained minor injuries.

 

Both occupants were taken to Kelsey Hospital. 

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State police in Mt. Pleasant are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information regarding the death of Evelyn Ware, whose body was discovered after her Ellsworth Township home burned last month.

 

The Lake County medical examiner has now ruled the death a homicide.

 

If you have a tip to help solve the case, you are asked to contact the Mount Pleasant Michigan State Police Post. 

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An Osceola County Teen is in trouble with the law after he pulled a gun during an argument and it was recorded on snapchat.

 

17-year old Devin Lodholtz of Reed City is charged with one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of brandishing a firearm in public.

 

The charges stem from an alleged post on Snapchat by Lodholtz, which allegedly shows him brandishing a firearm while addressing a high school classmate. 

 

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Two people were injured in a snowmobile crash on the shoreline of a lake in Mecosta County.

 

Police were called to Round Lake Saturday night after a snowmobile crashed into the lake’s shoreline while driving on the ice.

 

The 61-year-old male driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. A 32-year-old female rider was also injured, her injuries are were non life-threatening.

 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation 

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A 19-year old Morley man is dead after a car accident in Mecosta County over the weekend.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. and Obert in Mecosta Twp.

 

Police say after an investigation, it was concluded that the 19-year old Morley man was traveling south on Northland Dr, and was unable to make the curve near Obert. 

 

The vehicle left the road and struck a tree. 

 

The Morley man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids were he died from his injuries. 

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School Closings for 2/5/18

Barryton Headstart
Big Jackson 
Big Rapids 
Big Rapids Headstart 1,2,3,4
Chippewa Hills 
Crossroads Academy of B.R
Evart 
Evart Headstart
Lakeview Community
Mecosta - Remus Headstart 
Mecosta-Osceola Transit 
Mecosta/Osceola ISD
Mecosta - Remus Headstart 
Morley Stanwood Community
Morley Stanwood Headstart 

Pine RIver Area
Reed City 
Reed City Community Preschool
Reed City Headstart
St. Mary Catholic Big Rapids
St. Peter's Luth. of B.R. 
Trinity Lutheran of Reed City

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State Health officials say 1 in 15 patients who visited the doctor did for flu symptoms.

 

That’s the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

 

Officials at Big Rapids and Reed City Spectrum Health Hospitals says they are trying to limit exposure at their facilities. One step, is implementing  temporary visitor restrictions.

 

Officials ask If you are a visitor and are ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill, please refrain from visiting the hospital.

 

Also the Hospitals strongly recommend only two visitors or family members visit a patient at a time in order to limit exposure to patients, visitors and family members. 

 

These conditions apply to visitors at Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals, and at all other Spectrum Health hospitals, and are effective until further notice. These measures are designed to protect vulnerable patients.

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Panera Bread is issuing a recall of all of its cream cheese products over Listeria concerns. 

 

The company says the voluntary recall affects all varieties of 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its cafes across America.

 

The products have an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. 

 

Panera has not received any report of illnesses regarding these products, the company states in a press release. 

 

Customers are urged to discard the products and contact Panera for a full refund (1-855-6-PANERA.)


 

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